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Understanding Florida’s Serious Injury Threshold

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Lawsuits on June 24, 2020

During a personal injury claim in Florida, you might hear the phrase, “serious injury threshold.” This is an important element that could determine your rights in terms of seeking compensation as the victim of an accident. Under Florida’s no-fault car insurance laws, victims may only be able to hold at-fault parties accountable if their injuries meet the serious injury threshold. Otherwise, they may have no choice but to seek compensation through first-party insurance claims. What Is a Serious Injury? A serious injury is one that significantly impacts the victim’s life. It is an injury that could affect a victim for months, years or life. A nonserious injury, on the other hand, is one that will heal quickly and completely without a great deal of pain, suffering and medical expenses. In Florida, Statute 627.737 gives a specific definition for serious injuries in terms of tort liability. This statute gives the state’s… read more

5 Reasons a Personal Injury Attorney Won’t Take Your Case

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Lawsuits on May 27, 2020

Finding the right personal injury attorney can give you hope for the future. It can inspire greater confidence during a difficult time in your life. If the lawyer you prefer decides not to take your case, however, you could find yourself back to square one. Luckily, there are steps you can take to improve the odds of a Tampa Bay personal injury lawyer accepting your case – starting with understanding common reasons for case rejections. Caseload Capacity Many law firms are careful with how many clients they accept at a time. Rather than operating a mill-type law firm that places profits over personal client attention, smaller and boutique-style firms are often selective in their clients to keep caseloads manageable. If you try to retain a lawyer from one of these firms at a busy time, he or she may have no choice but to deny your case for the time… read more

What Is the Average Car Accident Settlement In Florida?

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Car Accidents,Lawsuits on March 12, 2020

Car accidents are common in Florida. They cause hundreds of thousands of serious injuries and hospitalizations each year. In 2018, 255,353 victims were injured and 3,135 died in Florida car accidents. If you get into an auto accident in Florida, you have rights. You may be able to obtain compensation from an insurance company and/or personal injury lawsuit. An important part of your car accident claim will be fighting for a fair amount of compensation. If you do not know what your case is worth, you will have trouble negotiating for a just and full amount. Each case is unique. No average car accident settlement amount exists due to the variable nature of the civil justice system but learning about the factors involved and damages available, however, can give you realistic expectations and enable you to argue for a fair settlement. Factors Affecting Car Accident Settlements in Florida Regardless of… read more

What Is the Average Personal Injury Settlement In Florida?

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Lawsuits on February 10, 2020

A personal injury accident can mean many losses for you as a survivor. A serious accident could inflict significant pain, suffering, medical bills and lost wages. A successful claim could force the at-fault party to pay for your economic and noneconomic damages. The average personal injury settlement in Florida ranges between $3,000 and $75,000. This is a broad range, however, and it is important to remember that every personal injury claim is unique. Some claimants have received millions of dollars from insurance settlements and jury verdicts, for example, to make up for catastrophic injuries and permanent losses. While reading about averages could give you an idea of the scope of most settlements, a consultation with an experienced Tampa personal injury lawyer is the only way to accurately assess the value of your particular claim. Factors Affecting Personal Injury Settlements in Florida Before you can get an idea of what a defendant… read more

Who Is Responsible for Injuries Caused By Nature?

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Lawsuits on July 20, 2019

Human error is the main cause of serious accidents, injuries and deaths in Florida each year. Yet, as thousands have experienced, Mother Nature can also cause significant damage. When a natural event or disaster causes personal injuries, it can be more difficult to obtain financial recovery for damages. A few legal options may be available to you, however, depending on the situation. Seek Benefits From an Insurance Provider The best way to ensure coverage for injuries caused by nature is by purchasing adequate insurance in Florida. Comprehensive vehicle and homeowner’s insurance can cover damages that stem from acts of God. Acts of God refer to events that no person could reasonably have predicted or prevented. Comprehensive insurance plans may cover the costs of property repairs and medical bills for injuries after many different events. Hurricanes Tornadoes Tropical storms Floods Severe rain or wind Lightning Hail Fires Sinkholes You will not… read more

Can You Be Sued for Performing CPR?

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Lawsuits,Safety on May 28, 2019

It might seem like common sense to help others in need. For some individuals it sounds irresponsible to succumb to the bystander effect, or to leave another person who is in need to respect their privacy. However, not all individuals think this way – including those that need saving. In some cases, being a good Samaritan could lead to legal action, initiated by the individual that was saved. The American Heart Association (AHA) encourages individuals who are not medical professionals to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Their intent is to prevent unnecessary deaths caused by cardiac arrest that takes place outside of the medical setting. Brain death begins to take effect between and four and six minutes after a heart attack – this makes reaction time crucial in administering CPR. Pushing through the bystander effect, the AHA hopes to save lives by equipping civilians with tools and knowledge.  What Is The… read more

7 Tips for Giving a Deposition

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Lawsuits on January 16, 2019

A deposition is the legal process of finding out more about a case. It is a part of the discovery phase in a personal injury lawsuit. During a deposition, an attorney from the defendant’s side has the right to request interviews with the victim and other witnesses. A deposition will require the witness to take an oral statement under oath prior to settlement or trial. Depositions give both sides of a lawsuit information they may be able to use later. Tips for how to handle a deposition can help you prepare as a personal injury accident victim. Give a Good Impression Although it is the facts of the case the opposition is looking for, it can help your case to make a good impression. The attorney will also be evaluating your credibility as a victim or witness. Giving a favorable impression with the right clothing, polite responses, and a calm… read more

Everything to Know About Handicap Placards in Florida

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Lawsuits on December 14, 2018

If you or a loved one struggle with any type of disability, you may qualify for a handicap placard for your vehicle in Florida. Handicap placards allow drivers to park in handicap spots and have an easier time getting in and out of different buildings throughout Florida. Everyone who uses a handicap placard should know how to renew placards, as well as when and where they apply. Qualifying for a Handicap Placard in Florida A driver must meet several criteria to qualify for a handicap placard in Florida: The individual cannot walk 200 feet without rest. The individual suffers from severe mobility restriction due to an orthopedic, neurological, or arthritic medical condition. The individual suffers from severe lung disease. The individual requires permanent use of a wheelchair. The individual is legally blind. An individual who wishes to obtain a Florida handicap placard must complete the Application for Disabled Person Parking… read more

Overview of Tampa Courthouses

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Lawsuits on November 15, 2018

Tampa residents have numerous courthouse options available to help handle legal issues. Like most other places, you can expect to find access to state and federal courts, and the one you need will depend on what type of assistance you need. State courts split into two major types: circuit and county courts. A county court will handle more minor cases than circuit courts handle. If you find yourself needing a courthouse in Tampa, there are several. George E. Edgecomb Courthouse Named after the first African-American county court judge in Hillsborough County, this state courthouse handles most Hillsborough County court activity. It can also handle any type of legal matter for Florida’s state courts. For citizens who live in East County, however, it can be easier to visit the Plant City Office Building instead. Parking for the George E. Edgecomb Courthouse is to the structure immediately east of the building’s entrance…. read more

18 Crazy Laws in Florida

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Lawsuits on November 8, 2018

Laws exist to help protect citizens and keep everyone’s rights safe. However, not all laws make complete sense, and every state has a few statutes on the books that are puzzling or simply outdated. Florida is no exception; numerous laws don’t quite make sense anymore. Here are some examples of some of the strangest Florida laws. 1. Parking Fines for Elephants Parking fines can be a hassle, but standard parking fees apply to any elephants tied to parking meters in Sarasota. 2. Swamp Buggies No Longer Motor Vehicles While swamp buggies are a popular form of transport in Florida, a law once revised the definition of motor vehicle to exclude them, derogating this mode of transportation. 3. Strapless Dress Regulations Under law, men cannot wear strapless dresses in public. However, the law does not regulate other types of dresses. 4. Doctors Inquiring About Patient Gun Ownership A previous law once… read more

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